The Property of a distinguished Asian collector
An exceptional large archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, zun
The massively constructed vessel powerfully cast of large beaker form, the prominent curved central body supported on a high flared foot, sloping at the shoulders and surmounted by a flaring mouth, intricately cast at the curve of the body with a continuous broad frieze with three registers of stylised kui dragons set in confrontation against a leiwen ground, their bodies delineated by stylised bodies curling at the tip, ferocious masks highlighted by raised bosses as eyes and 'S'-shaped horns, separated from each other by raised vertical notched flanges, the decoration repeated on a narrow frieze at the foot and below the shoulder, further cast with a broader frieze of similar decoration at the shoulder, interspersed with three prominent taotie masks formed of raised bovine masks, the foot pierced with three cavities, the patina of an attractive crystallised malachite green with extensive areas of azurite encrustation.
36.5cm diam. (32.2cm high)